Mainframe Computer Model, IBM 1401


This is a wooden plexiglass and paper model of an IBM 1401 computer system. Model pieces include:

1. The IBM 1401 central processing unit with control panel.

2. A disc storage unit.

3. Dual IBM 729 magnetic tape unit (two tape drives - possibly two units)

4. A shorter IBM 7330 magnetic tape unit with one tape drive

5. A yet shorter tape unit (for paper tape? might be IBM 1101)

6. IBM 1406 added memory

7. an IBM 1402 card read-punch

8. an IBM 1403 printer with paper.

Dimensions given are for system arranged compactly.

Date Made: ca 1959

Maker: IBM

Location: Currently not on view

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Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: Gift of Tim Bergin

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2013.0129.01Accession Number: 2013.0129Catalog Number: 2013.0129.01

Object Name: mainframe computer model

Measurements: overall: 6 in x 9 1/2 in x 11 in; 15.24 cm x 24.13 cm x 27.94 cm


Record Id: nmah_1446199

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